CAT/C/20/D/90/1997
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Annex
VIEWS OF THE COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE UNDER ARTICLE 22,
PARAGRAPH 7, OF THE CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE AND OTHER
CRUEL, INHUMAN OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT
- TWENTIETH SESSION concerning
Communication No. 90/1997
Submitted by:

A.L.N. (name deleted)

Alleged victims:

The author

State party:

Switzerland

Date of communication:

25 July 1997

The Committee against Torture, established in conformity with article 17
of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading
Treatment or Punishment,
Meeting on 19 May 1998,
Having completed consideration of communication No. 90/1997 submitted to
the Committee against Torture under article 22 of the Convention against
Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,
Having taken account of all the information communicated to it by the
author of the communication and the State party,
Adopts the following:
Views under article 22, paragraph 7, of the Convention
Draft recommendation by the Rapporteur
1.
The author of the communication is A.L.N., an Angolan born
on 25 September 1978. He is currently resident in Switzerland where he has
applied for refugee status and risks being sent home. The author claims that
his expulsion would constitute a violation of article 3 of the Convention
against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
The facts as submitted by the author
2.1
The author states that on 16 February 1997 his father, a member of
UNITA, gave him a video cassette on torture and massacres perpetrated by MPLA
for him to take to a friend. The cassette contained a scene filmed in 1987
showing soldiers plunging the then nine-year-old author's hand into boiling
water in front of his father. The author says that the scars are still
visible. He was arrested on the way during an identity check by MPLA

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